Iowa Hawkeyes Football

Fight Occurs After Iowa Assistant Mistaken for His Brother, Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez (left) and his legal troubles have now caused even more distress for his family.
Aaron Hernandez (left) and his legal troubles have now caused even more distress for his family.Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2013

Three people were arrested early Saturday morning in Connecticut, according to Pat Harty of Hawk Central (h/t College Football Talk), after a fight broke out when three customers at a diner mistook Iowa assistant coach D.J. Hernandez for his brother Aaron, who was arrested and charged with murder last week. 

The Iowa coach was not one of the three people arrested. As Hawk Central reported, Norine Derocco, a manager at the diner, claimed that D.J. Hernandez was not involved in the altercation.

“It was just customers who thought it was Aaron Hernandez. That’s how the fight actually started,” Derocco said. “They thought it was Aaron Hernandez himself. And then someone said, ‘No it’s his brother,’ and then a fight broke out. But whoever the person was, if it was D.J. Hernandez … (he was) not involved in the actual fight.”

The three people that were arrested and subsequently charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief on Saturday night were Alberto Lopez, 30, of Bristol, Conn., Jesus Agosto, 36 of New Britain, Conn. and Thomas Miller, 30 of Torrington, Conn. How the fight was instigated is still unclear. 

Last week, according to Harty's report, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was asked about the status of his tight ends coach, who just joined the staff in January. 

"He's fine," Ferentz said. 

D.J. Hernandez played football at Connecticut and his family is from there, which is why he was in the area. As a member of the Huskies, D.J. Hernandez was a two-year captain at wide receiver after switching from the quarterback position. 

According to John Taylor of College Football Talk, the Iowa athletic department will not comment on the incident since the coach was neither arrested nor charged. 

As for D.J. Hernandez's brother, Aaron, he is being held without bail after being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. According to Rana L. Cash of Sporting News, a tentative court date is set for July 24. 

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